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August 23, 2016
Hommage à Pierre Boulez with Tamara Stefanovich at Musikfest Berlin

On September 12, Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins pianist Tamara Stefanovich in Berlin to showcase the works of Pierre Boulez, a composer with whom he has enjoyed a long and exceptionally rich personal and professional history. At the age of 19, at the composer-conductor’s invitation, Aimard became a founding member of Ensemble Intercontemporain, Boulez’s IRCAM-based chamber orchestra, and he played with the group for many years, participating in a number of major premieres.

The two pianists present Boulez’s complete works for solo piano as well as his Structures: Deuxieme Livre for two pianos. Aimard and Stefanovich previously toured this program to the United States and Europe during the 2014-15 concert season.

Find tickets and more information here about this performance, presented under the auspices of Musikfest Berlin.

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August 9, 2016
Homage to Kurtág and Schumann

Pierre-Laurent Aimard joins violist Antoine Tamestit and clarinetist and composer Mark Simpson in three European cities for a tribute to Hungarian composer György Kurtág — presented during the Hungarian composer’s 90th birthday season — and Robert Schumann. The program includes Mark Simpson’s own Hommage à KurtágHommage à Gyorgy Kurtág by Marco Stroppa, a long-time collaborator of Aimard’s, and as Kurtág’s own Hommage à Robert Schumann. To round out the program, Aimard presents solo excerpts of Kurtág’s Játékok and Schumann’s Bunte Blätter and is joined by Simpson and Tamestit for Schumann’s richly imaginative Märchenbilder for viola and piano and Märchenerzählungen for clarinet, viola and piano.

The three musicians make stops at the Edinburgh International Festival on August 12, the Salzburg Festival on August 14, the Kölner Philharmonie on September 21, and Strasbourg's Festival Musica on September 25, where they will perform a modified version of the program.

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August 4, 2016
Open-Air Recital at Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker

Pierre-Laurent appears in the northern German town of Hitzacker for an open-air concert on Saturday, August 6 in collaboration with Tonmeister Carsten Kümmel. The evening’s program at the Hitzacker Kurpark includes excerpts from Messiaen’s Catalogue d'oiseaux and J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, plus works by Stockhausen, Sweelinck, Kurtág, and Daquin, and will be broadcast into the surrounding natural landscape in three-dimensional audio, combining with the sounds of nature.
 
Find more information here about this event, part of the annual music festival Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker.

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